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Back in black.

They’re all basecoated, as are the other 20 warriors which should arrive within the week. Things are looking productive, with the Vallejo paints arriving soon (tomorrow’s a fair guess), so here’s a few snapshots:

March.

It’s about 40mins before my birthday, and after spending a whopping ten or more hours clipping, filing, gluing, assembling and basing my Necrons, I’ve now got the battleforce and Lord completely done and ready to be base-coated. Gallery follows.

The recruitment outpost.

So, it’s been a wee while, but the Battleforce and Lord arrived this morning. Unfortunately, the tools and paints, along with the other 20 warriors, haven’t been delivered, so assembly will have to wait until this happens. Luckily though, I had time to set up the area I’ll be working in, and it’s exciting seeing all the models sitting there, just begging to be clipped, filed, glued and then, of course, painted and based ready for play. So, on with the photographs, credit going to my wonderful girlfriend for being nice enough to take photos of this stuff as I fawned over how the rods were stacked just right.

The Destroyer/Lord side of the assembly area, the middle being a colossal white expanse.

The warriors side. Note the anally stacked... well, everything, really.

The Lord, minus orb and warscythe arms. The detailing on his cape makes for some awesome inking, and a scarily hard paintjob. His head is seriously miniscule.

Reinforcements inbound.

I can now sit back comfortably and watch as my Necron army rolls in. I’m expecting the following:

  • 1 Necron Battleforce
  • 1 Necron Lord with Resurrection Orb
  • 20 Necron Warriors

Of course, there’s also paints, sand, brushes, files… I have some of this somewhere at my folks’, but digging it out just doesn’t seem worth the effort. However, this now means I’ve almost got a 1500 point army. As follows:

  • Necron Lord with Resurrection Orb, War-Scythe and Veil of Darkness (210 points).
  • 4 squads of 12 Necron Warriors (864 points).
  • Seven Scarab Bases (84 points).
  • 3 Destroyers (150 points).

Not bad, really. It’s a lot of warriors, but of course it also means that I’ve got a playable army until Wraiths, Immortals, Flayed Ones and Pariahs decide to go plastic. Last bit? Monolith, no question.

So it begins.

When I was fourteen, I spent most of a summer with my best friend, sat in Games Workshop. The other kids were out playing football, chasing girls and breathing fresh air. But we did something better. Something noble.

We painted.

Every day was about something new – some days I’d be tackling a few tricky assault marines, some days it would be gazing longingly at tanks I’d eventually buy, but never assemble. I was, like all teenage hobbyists, flawed in that I was fourteen and therefore a complete idiot. I spent a ton of cash on Orks, Tyranids, and Space Marines. Even a few random models I just liked the look of. Hundreds, if not thousands of pounds later, my shelves collapsed, a year or two on from my passionate hobby-focused summer.

Most models simply broke. Undercoated models waiting for their first lick of paint shattered. Painted models chipped and broke. They all went into storage in the attic, and I took that as a sign to destroy the wardrobe that had taken out thousands of points worth of models. It was time to move on.

Yet, years later, I found myself doing the same thing, especially over the last few months. I’d go to the Games Workshop site, and browse their models for hours, building fantasy army lists and filling my basket, only to never buy anything whatsoever. Once it was Tau. The next time it was Black Templars.

However, recently, it was Necrons. I remember them coming out, near the end of my Games Workshop hang-out days. Watching a friend piece together a Monolith, staring at these amazing models that we only knew of as pewter embarrassments in expensive blister packs before that day. They looked like skeletons fresh out of Egyptian culture, mixed with The Terminator‘s T101 endoskeleton, and carried rifles as badass as anything you’d ever seen. Best bit? They were mixed with the regenerative abilities of the T1000 from Judgement Day.

But my other confession? I only ever played one match properly, and it wasn’t even played with proper rules. I won, but that was because the other guy (my best friend) conceded the battle. A victory due to the cowardice of an opponent is, let’s be honest, not really a victory at all. You’re just a bully with painting skills and a lot of disposable income.

So in just under two weeks, I’ll be building a Necron army, and starting to play. I plan to tournament-play. I plan to dominate tournament play. Yeah, they’ll be Necrons of a generic colour scheme, and of course I’ll be starting with the battleforce (you’re an idiot if you don’t), but that’s how I’ll roll.

Currently, the army list I’m rolling with is fluctuating a considerable amount, but I’m pretty sure a Lord and Battleforce are a good place to start. I’ll be digging through army lists this week and I’ll see what sounds good, but for now I’d like to build up slowly to a nice tournament-balanced 1500 point force (though a Monolith is a must).

Phase out.

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